Instant Pot Baked Beans
These homemade Instant Pot Baked Beans are packed with deep, rich flavor and take a third of the time as traditional cooking methods. They're a perfect make-ahead side, buffet, BBQ or potluck dish.
Servings (change as needed): 10
- 2 cups dry navy beans (1 pound)
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt for soaking beans
- OPTIONAL: 5-6 slices thick cut bacon, chopped (omit for vegetarian version)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 teaspoon minced garlic (1/2 tsp garlic powder)
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 3 cup water
PREPARE BEANS: Rinse beans and add to pot with salt. Add water to cover 2 inches above beans. For QUICK SOAK method: Bring to boil, then boil for two minutes. Remove from heat and let set covered for 1 hour. For SLOW SOAK method: Soak for 3 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse.
GATHER INGREDIENTS FOR INSTANT POT: Put all ingredients from 'molasses' to 'pepper' in a small bowl. Set aside.
SAUTE AROMATICS AND BACON (if using): Choose SAUTE function on Instant Pot (IP) or BROWNING on Pressure Cooker and let it heat up. Add onions and bacon (if using). Saute for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally until onions are translucent and bacon is beginning to brown. Add a few tablespoons water, then continue cooking until evaporated. Add garlic and saute another 30 seconds.
PRESSURE COOK: Add beans, all other ingredients in bowl, and water to Instant Pot. Stir. Lock lid and set spout to Sealing (or close pressure valve). Choose High Pressure for 50-55 minutes. When machine beeps, allow natural release for 15 minutes, then turn to Venting to allow release of remaining pressure. Open lid. Stir in salt. Taste for tenderness and sweetness. Add more molasses or maple syrup if desired. If beans are not soft enough, lock on lid and pressure cook on high pressure for another 10 minutes. Sauce will thicken on standing or in fridge. Note 1.
To further thicken sauce if desired: If you still want to thicken sauce a bit more (if you are serving them immediately for example), choose SAUTE function on the instant pot and cook while stirring for 3-4 minutes or until desired consistency.
To Make Ahead: Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Nutrition values are estimates and include bacon.
Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 985mg | Potassium: 372mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg